- Apr 29, 2005
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“The case is still open and active,” Myrtle Beach police Chief Warren Gall said. “We do get tips from time to time and we follow up on them accordingly. Unfortunately, none of these tips has helped us up to this point; however we will continue to look into more as they come in.”
Lisa Hoffman (center) cries as she hugs Dawn Drexel and people plant purple Forget-Me-Not seeds on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in The Market Common. Drexel and others gather at the tree to mark the fourth year since her daughter Brittanee Marie Drexel was last seen leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. The 17-year-old was on a spring break trip from her home Rochester, N.Y. Planting the first seeds with Drexel are Brittanee's friend Amber Antoine (left) of Kingston, Ontario. The tree was planted last year to mark Brittanee's 21st birthday.
"When the world says give up hope, hope whispers try one more time," she said. I'm not going to stop looking for Brittanee, I will never stop looking for her."
While the Drexels have received a lot of community support, Dawn says there are people who don't understand why she just doesn't move on. "I don't pay attention to the negativity, because I know in my heart I'm not going to stop searching for Brittanee. And I don't really care what they say, because they don't live my life. They're not going through what I'm going through, so they don't know. They have no idea, and if it happened to them, you know, how would they feel if someone was going to say something like that to them?"
This makes me so sad for Dawn; while she continues hope her ex mother in-law states no one believe Brittanee is alive.
Here is another local story. Brittanee's step father held a ceremony at Charlotte Beach in Rochester
After attending the vigil myself, the coverage that best captured what took place was Channel 10. Brittanee's Sister Myrissa held the event & actually ran it, surprising for a 15 year old. The entire event was friends & family talking about how they believe Britt is out there somwhere waiting to be saved. Myrissa called out the Rochester "friends", asked that they speak up. She also said she and her family believed that Britt was trafficked. I was shocked to see that the news media outlets didnt play the angle of Britts little sister keeping hope alive & making sure the public didnt forget she was missing, and that not one mentioned her call out to the "friends" or the trafficking subject.
Channel 13s coverage I thought was poor reporting. They in no way captured the event or the "families" opinions. There were people from both sides of the family there, a press release, both Myrissa & Chad spoke of hope, then the reporter takes a statement from Chads mother and considers it the entire family and the entire coverage of the vigil? I was glad that Channel 10 atleast included a few different statements and the overall feeling of the event. I hope that Britts family & friends don't pay any mind to channel 13 & keep the hope they had that night, it's what Britt needs.
Was anyone else there?
I also can't believe there's nothing new :/
I grew up in (and still live in) Rochester. I've been on this site a few months now and it JUST occurred to me today to read Brittanee's threads here.
I'm glad people still care. I don't know the family at all, but Chad Drexel came into my store a few times in 2009 after she disappeared and he always looked so defeated. It's always stuck with me.
Glad to see another local here. I don't know them either but my heart breaks for them.